MARION, Iowa On a night when the opponent missed a ton of free throws, the Marion Indians lost by missing just one.
That's not really accurate. True, Isaac Frazier's one-and-one with 0.8 seconds left bounced off the heel and allowed Maquoketa to escape with a 48-47 win.
But that wasn't completely telltale. Ask Marion Coach Mike Manderscheid.
"We've got to establish some kind of inside game," Manderscheid said. "Somebody eventually has to step up and do that for us. They outworked us, especially in that third quarter ... We've got to take care of that. We can't get outworked. We're not talented enough."
Maquoketa (1-1) outscored the Indians by seven in the third to make it a 37-37 game. The teams went back and forth in the fourth, with a pair of Cory Wirth free throws giving the Cardinals a 47-44 lead with 1:41 to go.
Daly Quinn nailed a cold-blooded 3-pointer in the corner to tie it with 1:10 left. Maquoketa worked for the final shot, with Colton Fey's drive to the left of the lane missing.
But Jeb Miller rebounded and was fouled with 2.8 seconds to go. He made the first of two free throws, with Marion calling timeout after rebounding the second.
The Indians passed to three-quarter court and called another timeout at 1.5. Frazier jumped and caught a long pass about 15 feet from the basket, but was fouled by Miller, who slid underneath him and didn't give him room to come down.
You know the rest.
"It was kind of ironic," said Maquoketa Coach Matt Uthoff. "We made a play there, then the same kid who made the great play, made the foul at the end. Fortunately he missed the free throw."
Speaking of missed free throws, Maquoketa had 15 of them, one more than it made in the game. The Cardinals are playing without 6-foot-9 center Spencer Bronson right now as he recovers from an appendectomy, but were the stronger team inside despite a severe lack of height.
Trent Bollman had a game-high 14 points for Maquoketa, with Fey adding 10.
"(Bronson) opens so much up for us offensively," Uthoff said. "He doesn't put up big numbers offensively, but what he does is he demands attention in the lane. He gives our guards open shots. I call it playing small ball right now."
Quinn had 13 points to lead Marion, with Quinn Cannoy and Tyler Gunderson adding 10 each.
Here is the game boxscore:
MAQUOKETA (48): Colton Fey 5-11 0-0 10, Jeb Miller 0-2 4-10 4, Cory Wirth 1-2 5-7 7, Blaise Waller 3-11 1-3 8, Trent Bollman 5-15 2-5 14, Josh Dietzel 1-4 0-0 3, Alex Gilmore 0-0 -2 1, Ben Strathman 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 15-46 14-29 48.
MARION (47): Quinn Cannoy 3-8 0-0 7, Tyler Gunderson 4-7 1-2 10, Isaac Frazier 5-10 0-1 10, Brenden Landuyt 2-9 0-0 5, Daly Quinn 4-11 1-2 13, Trevor Hardman 0-0 0-0 0, Craig Engle 0-3 0-0 0, Ben Buckley 0-0 0-0 0, Jeremy Schnieders 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 19-49 2-5 47.
Halftime Marion 30, Maquoketa 23. 3-point goals Maquoketa 4-16 (Waller 1-6, Bollman 2-11, Dietzel 1-3), Marion 7-15 (Cannoy 1-3, Gunderson 1-1, Landuyt 1-4, Quinn 4-6, Engle 0-1). Rebounds Maquoketa 26 (Miller 7), Marion 39 (Cannoy 9, Gunderson 8). Total fouls Maquoketa 14, Marion 19. Fouled out - Miller. Turnovers Maquoketa 7, Marion 16.